Allyson’s Story

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2023 Year-End Letter from Our Executive Director

Together, we can continue to be that place of miracles and transformation for countless women and families in need. When you make a year-end gift to Care Net Peninsula, you are providing the help and hope that women need to choose life for their baby.

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Critical Year-End Ministry Update

Tragically, 15 children in Virginia died from Covid-19. But since March 2020, 300 times that number of babies died from abortion . . . on the Peninsula. That’s over 4,000 preborn lives taken from our community in less than 3 years. But it would have been more.

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Rena’s Story

Rena's Story

I remember well the night I decided to tell my mom my big secret. We had an hour car ride ahead of us and I was determined to finally spill the hurt that had been tearing my heart apart for five years. I spent the whole hour re-positioning (and sweating profusely) trying to form the words on my mouth.

I HAD AN ABORTION

I got pregnant. It was not planned. I was afraid and I believed the lie that abortion was a quick fix and would be the answer to all my problems. I would be able to go on living my life, but I was deceived. My life quickly began to spiral. I was depressed and self-destructive and filled with shame. I continued to believe the lies: “You don’t have a right to be sad. You chose this. You are alone. People would reject you if they knew what you did. You are unworthy of God’s forgiveness.”

I waited until we were in the driveway and I still couldn’t form the words. In God’s mercy, my mom just knew and she comforted me and told me that she loved me. A few days later, she referred me to a Bible study that she knew for women who had experienced the trauma of abortion. I felt like I had been drowning for so long and this was my precious gulp of fresh air.

Surrendering the Secret shattered the lies that had imprisoned my heart for so long. I was not alone. I found a group of women who understood what I was going through, who had no place of judgment or condemnation. I found a place where I could share my story. I was granted the space to be sad, where I could grieve my tremendous loss. Most importantly, I met with God through His Word and like a tender parent, He comforted me and told me that He loved me, unabashedly loved me.

Since then, I married a godly man and have since had beautiful babies. I have shared my story with women in my church about complete freedom in Christ. I have had the opportunity to lead this incredible study at Care Net with the gift of meeting other women whose lives are transformed by this study. I have shared my story with strangers who are hurting…the same story that couldn’t even form on my lips now flows shamelessly because of this recovery group.

For my fellow sisters who have experienced abortion, I know your heartache. I urge you: be a part of this Bible study. Let God’s light flood into those dark hidden places. “His light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” Believe the truth: You are loved. You are forgiven. You are not alone.

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2023 Year-End Letter from Our Executive Director

Together, we can continue to be that place of miracles and transformation for countless women and families in need. When you make a year-end gift to Care Net Peninsula, you are providing the help and hope that women need to choose life for their baby.

Read More »

Critical Year-End Ministry Update

Tragically, 15 children in Virginia died from Covid-19. But since March 2020, 300 times that number of babies died from abortion . . . on the Peninsula. That’s over 4,000 preborn lives taken from our community in less than 3 years. But it would have been more.

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No More Hiding

No More hiding

A woman who participated in Care Net Peninsula’s Abortion Recovery Bible Study program shares about her experience.

When I saw the undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood, I was horrified. I tried to get as far away from the TV as possible. Tears began to flow and I ended up on the floor face down, completely undone. Where did that come from? It had been 34 years since my own abortion when I was 19. I didn’t cry about it anymore. I had since become a follower of Jesus and knew I was forgiven. But hearing of babies being dissected and body parts sold was a shock. In that moment, I was unable to disconnect from my own pain anymore. Something shook loose. I have three beautiful children and it’s still hard to think about the one I chose to kill. Did they dissect him also? I felt confused and angry. Attempts at ignoring this were impossible. Self-condemnation and deep shame were too strong. Mostly, my heart hurt. I thought about who he could have been and how he could have affected our family. I robbed him of life. I felt like an awful person.

I had lunch with a friend who works for Care Net Peninsula and told her about that moment. She was among only a handful of people I’ve told about my abortion. When she encouraged me to consider joining the upcoming abortion healing Bible study, I felt very vulnerable. It’s over and done. Honestly, I felt I deserved to have to live with this. After much thought, however, I decided to go.

I was uncomfortable walking in that first night, but after meeting everyone in the small group I felt better. It was a very comfortable environment and I felt good about taking it one meeting at a time.

I grew to LOVE the women in my group. We were all so different yet bound together by our decision to abort our children. I listened to their stories. I cried over their pain. I relentlessly prayed for their healing. I was angry with those around them who failed to protect their hearts (and their babies!)… parents, husbands, boyfriends! I was angry at our culture which fostered an industry which damages women, men and children. My husband took this journey with me and revisited his own hand in this awful decision.

It became clear to me as the weeks went by that I had work to do. I harbored anger and contempt. I did not have compassion or tears for myself. I processed things in my head, but disconnect from my heart. Why do I have little memory of the procedure itself? Why all of a sudden do I feel so sad? Years of stuffing the pain did not make it go away.

By coming to this Care Net Peninsula program, I finally reflected on the trauma that I went through 34 years ago. I learned to come out of hiding and not let shame cause me to hide from the One who wants to heal me. My children now know. This is a relief. I feel free. I am thankful to have found Care Net Peninsula. I am the mother of four. I can say that out loud and feel sadness, but not despair.

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2023 Year-End Letter from Our Executive Director

Together, we can continue to be that place of miracles and transformation for countless women and families in need. When you make a year-end gift to Care Net Peninsula, you are providing the help and hope that women need to choose life for their baby.

Read More »

Critical Year-End Ministry Update

Tragically, 15 children in Virginia died from Covid-19. But since March 2020, 300 times that number of babies died from abortion . . . on the Peninsula. That’s over 4,000 preborn lives taken from our community in less than 3 years. But it would have been more.

Read More »